Three former drama teachers will be performing “The Great Train Race” by Robert Dawson Scott in the Acorn Centre, Inverurie at the start of October.
Primmie MacGillivray and Larry Young are now both retired from full time teaching and Graham Bett is currently a deputy head at Banchory Academy. All three trained at what was then Aberdeen College of Education in the 1970s. Primmie and Larry trained together and Graham worked with Larry in the Drama department at Dyce Academy when the school opened in 1980. The play is being directed by Primmie’s husband Ali Mac Gillivray, a former headteacher in Aberdeenshire and a “weel kent” face in amateur drama circles.
The play is set in the summer of 1895, when Britain’s two great north-south railway companies, the North British (travelling up the east coast) and the Caledonian (travelling up the west coast), became involved in a battle for the title of fastest railway service between London and Aberdeen.
The Great Train Race is being performed from Thursday, October 2, until Saturday, October 4, at 7.30pm each evening as a fundraising event for the West Parish Church. Tickets priced £10 (£8 concession) from The Acorn Centre.